Esri’s Gert van Maren showed us at Ozri how CityEngine is bringing easy 3D content creation to ArcGIS 10.2. The 3D GIS benefits will clearly improve our understanding of environmental analysis and make it easier to communicate and solve 3D problems, seeing as our world is 3D! We can use ArcGIS for:
Multiscale 3D models from global to building interior perspectives;
It was sad to think that this was the last day of Ozri 2013, but there was no time to reflect as we launched straight into an interactive panel discussion on the reality of life in the cloud
Linda Bengston and Josh Percival – two of the key architects behind Esri Australia’s ground-breaking Hosted Services solution then took the stage to discuss the increasing demand for hosted services that can be scaled up or down at short notice.
After a spectacular debut in yesterday’s plenary, Esri’s City Engine supremo Gert van Maren kicked off day two in the Geospatial Galaxy with an insight into the mesmerising capabilities of 3D Analyst and CityEngine. It was amazing to see just what City Engine can do – one of the highlights of Ozri 2013 IMO!
Andrew Lewin was next up with a presentation on how Bestrane developed RouteSmart for ArcGIS – an application which combined Esri technology and NAVTEQ mapping to help a key client improve efficiencies by reducing the number of routes and total service time.
After an amazing Gala Dinner last night there were some bleary-eyed people heading straight for the coffee stands this morning. But a spectacular line-up of presenters in the Planet GIS stream was just the tonic to get us all going for the final day of Ozri 2013…
First up was Esri Australia’s Peter Corlett and Ebony Wickramanayake, who showed how a number of new features in the Spatial Statistics toolbox such as Optimised Hot Spot Analysis and regression analysis can reduce subjectivity when presenting spatial information.
This morning I sat in on the GIS in Resources User Group which included mining, oil and gas professionals from right across Australia. The group heard from Drew Smith – a GIS Specialist who talked about the growth of GIS at his organisation, Atlas Iron.
We then listened to Willy Lynch – Esri’s Mining GIS Solutions Practice Lead, who has more than 25 years’ of GIS and geotechnical project experience. Willy described a number of relevant resources case studies that generated some lengthy discussion amongst the group.
Right now I’m off to another user group – this time its Emergency Services. We’re lucky to be joined by Esri’s Paul Doherty – a public safety technology expert who will give his perspective on the role geography plays in meeting the challenges in emergency management.
Nigel Brown from Exelis and I, have just completed our presentation highlighting the power of the ENVI Image Analysis software.
Nigel presented on how ENVI can be used to study the effects of sea level rise on coastal erosion using combination of lower resolution optical data, such as Landsat Imagery, combined with precise LiDAR data.
During a time of disaster delivering vital information to assist in recovery operations is critical. This is where the role of the Rapid Damage Assessment (RDA) becomes so important. Rapid Damage Assessment is required to provide information on two fronts.
Firstly, for emergency relief management, the need for a quick assessment of damage can form the basis for medical relief and emergency shelter or provisions to be deployed to the disaster area quickly. Secondly, a detailed assessment of the damage will deliver vital information to assist in the long term recovery operations.
During the session we emphasised the importance of having a clear purpose for your application and an understanding of your target audience and their expectations ahead of any decisions on technology. We also explored the challenge of balancing functionality vs. reach in your applications, and where different development approaches fit in to that continuum.
Last night I joined an excited crowd of Ozri delegates at the highly anticipated Gala Dinner. As always we were promised a sensory extravaganza with lashings of entertainment and games – and we were not disappointed.
After diving to the bottom of the ocean we were greeted by four glamorous stilt-walkers in a fairy light frenzy, closely followed by the evening’s MC Andrew Gill.
With plenty of games and prizes – including the inevitable lightsaber – everyone was getting into the swing of the evening, and after the last of the macaroon lollipops had been polished off – we headed for the dance floor!
Everyone had a fantastic night and it’s going to be a challenge to beat this next year!
Josh and myself were asked to do a presentation on our personal favorite things in 10.2. The catch was, we had to do this presentation in ten minutes…
There is a lot of new functionality in the 10.2 release, so the first task was to decide between us what we should squeeze into the short presentation. Josh finds things like SQL, JSON and Enterprise Security fascinating. Maybe I am missing out in life, but I am more of a fan of imagery, 3D GIS and the new exciting capabilities of being able to map out live data onto beautiful looking basemaps. After much “discussion” we decided to take five minutes each and just bounce back and forth between our demonstrations.